Texas House Bill 1076, which would prohibit state or municipal law officers from enforcing certain federal gun control laws “knowingly”, is being debated and voted on today.
by Derrick Broze
May 4, 2013
The bill, introduced by Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, would ban all state agencies and employees from enforcing any new federal laws that attempt to override Texas citizens second amendment right. If the bill becomes law it will stop any federal bans or restrictions on firearms, accessories, ammo, etc.
At a hearing this past Wednesday supporters cited religious and constitutional rights to gun ownership. Several people referenced the Nazi era and the erosion of civil liberties. The proposal drove the renowned libertarian, Judge Andrew Napolitano, to say that such widespread noncompliance can make a federal law “nearly impossible to enforce”
Another bill also in the Texas legislature also deals with gun control. House Bill 553 would enact Class A misdemeanor charges for federal public servants, and Class B for state, local or county agents who enforce the federal gun laws. The Texas Department of Public Safety would also be required to report any attempted enforcement of the federal gun laws. The bill is authored by state Reps. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland; John Otto, R-Dayton; Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen; Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and Drew Darby, R-San Angelo.
Opponents of the bills believe the Sandy Hook shooting is being politicized. Many believe the federal government has the authority to order sovereign states to do as they please. However, as the Tenth Amendment Center reports, history is actually on the side of the states rights activists:
“Even the Supreme Court has affirmed this multiple times.
In the 1992 case, New York v. United States, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress couldn’t require states to enact specified waste disposal regulations.
In the 1997 case, Printz v. United States, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not command state law enforcement authorities to conduct background checks on prospective handgun purchasers.
In the 2012 case, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the Supreme Court ruled that a significant expansion of Medicaid was not a valid exercise of Congress’s spending power, as it would coerce states to either accept the expansion or risk losing existing Medicaid funding.
In each of these cases, the Supreme Court made is quite clear that their opinion is that the federal government cannot require states to act, or even coerce them to act through a threat to lose funding. Their opinion is correct. If the feds pass a law, they can sure try to enforce it if they want. But the states absolutely do NOT have to help them in any way.”
In the wake of the Boston Bombing it should be increasingly obvious to all aware Americans that the federal government will use an opportunity it can to catalogue, track, and monitor innocent citizens. As many begin to wake to this reality the federal government is doing it’s part to take away any defense the public may have,this includes gun rights.
Now is the time to prepare in what ever ways suit you and your families needs. Continue to ask questions and seek truth. Oppose any efforts by the government, federal or local, to limit your freedom.
If you still work in political channel and live in Texas, call your STATE rep today and ask them to vote YES on HB1076. Check below for your representatives information and the full text of the bill.
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Derrick Broze is a founding member of The Houston Free Thinkers.
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